Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy 4th of July

Here are my Star Spangled spaniel Buffy and Yankee Doodle Mookie in pictures from the early 2000s. Mom made their holiday bandanas. I can't believe that it has been 6 years without Mookie and nearly 8 months without our Buffy. I think about them everyday.

My 4th of July memories are of going over to our family friend's house in Elizabeth for a barbecue/pool party then watching the fireworks in a park nearby throughout the 70's and 80's. We did so only once in the early 90's. I was living in Pittsburgh during the summer of 1989 and saw a nice fireworks dislplay set to music. The last time that I went to one of those was either in 1999 or 2000 with my boyfriend somewhere in Central-west Jersey.

I can't remember the last time that we actually put out our flag for this holiday. Probably the late 1980's. We still have our old one from the early 70's. It's in a box in the basement behind our storage totes. I have a patriotic t-shirt with a flag and golden retreiver puppies on it that I probably will wear this year. I wish that I still had the bear one that my aunt made me in the late 80's though.

I hope that everyone has a very Happy 4th of July.


lazlo1988 said...

Just found your blog, and have enjoyed reading through it. Enjoyed the personal pics from the '80s . . . a decade I miss.

I put you on my blogroll at my '80s blog:

LaraAnn said...

Thanks so much. I'm happy that you enjoy my blog. I appreciate you adding my to your blogroll. I will be putting yours on mine too. I'm glad that I found your blog. It's nice being able to share memories of the 80's with others - I miss those days too.

lazlo1988 said...

Thank you very much. I think that as time goes on, these past years become more appreciated. I still look upon the '80s, and to some extent, the '70s, as the place where my hopes and ideals and dreams live. Whenever I need to remember what I'm about, or what I aim for in life, I always go back to my youth in the '80s mostly (and sometimes back to my early childhood in the '70s).

For example, I enjoyed seeing the pics you had of Epcot, at Disney, from back in the '80s when it just opened. My family also visited Epcot when it recently had opened and your pics brought back many memories. Epcot was an example of the optimism and hope I often associate with the '80s, and which sustains me still today.

LaraAnn said...

I totally agree with you about those 2 decades. I also have good memories of the mid - late 70's. It's cool that you were also at Epcot around the same time. Our trips to Disney in 1976 and 1983 definitely are included in some of the best times of my life. I'm glad that my Epcot post brought back some good memories of those days for you.

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